Daily News from New York, New York on October 9, 1974 · 184
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M DJLY NEWSWEESDAY, OpTOBER 9, 1974 r? ML7" " 3 1 34 Parents and students protest staff cuts outside PS 75. - News photo by John Pedin Ask Status for Social Landmark By JOHN TOSCANO and OWEN MORITZ First Houses a 123-unit project on the lower East Side which ushered in the public housing movement in America 40 years ago, was proposed formally yesterday as a city landmark. In a statement before , t h e Landmarks Preservation "Commission, city Housing Authority Chairman Joseph J- Christian described First Houses, at Avenue A and E. Third St., as symbolizing: "one of the most impressive social programs that New Yorkers have given to this nation." The commission took the proposal under advisement as it did an application to designate the American Radiator Building off Bryant Park as a Inadmark the first post World War I sky scraper here proposed for designation. The 50-year-old, 23story black and gold building at 40 W. 40th St. was one of three noteworthy designs by architect Raymond Hood. The others are the 'greenish McGraw-Hill Building on W. 42d St. between Eighth and Ninth Aves. and the Daily News Building. But the prospect of designation was denounced by the American Standard Co., which owns the building. In a written statement, the company insisted: "The building has no historical significance at all." It said designation "will inevitably cause economic loss to its owner, exceeding the provisions for partial compensation." In the case of First Houses, Christian noted that the start of construction on Nov. 1, 1934, was the climax of efforts by two generations of reformers for "government action to eradicate the New York City slums, which were already world famous as uninhabitable and dehumanizing." Forty years later, the project is regarded by the American Institute of Architects a s one of "the brightest lights in the history of this city's public housing." Friends of Park FuM(e fflun for the PJloney By ALBERT DAVILA About 40 joggers, including two over 60, ran 10 miles from the Bronx to City Hall yesterday to present Mayor Beame with their camplaint: Macombs Dam Park has been forgotten. The runners, who ran under the banner of the Committee to Save Macombs Dam Park, are seeking money to rehabilitate the park. They feel the city has pumped too much money to rebuild Yankee Stadium, just across the street- A Jodrney of 2 Hours And so yesterday morning at 10:30, armed with placards and worn-out sneakers, the joggers made a run for the money to fix up the park. They arrived at City Hall two hours later with a petition to the mayor, 3,500 signatures, a list of grievances and plentv of sweat. ' The committee said New York City does not have "an accessible, first-class track and field facility" such as Macombs Dam Park could become. It urged the mayor to introduce floodlights, an all-weather track, and lockers and showers. "We are also afraid part of the park will become a parking lot for Yankee Stadium," said Robert Urrutia, co-chairman of the committee. "I don't have concrete evidence, but when someone lets a good field deteriorate like this, you suspect the worst." Ex-Maraihoner in Running Myles Jackson, who organized the committee, said more than 50,000 people use Macombs annually and estimated that improvements would bring more than three times that many. The run attracted former U.S. Olympic Team marathon runner Gordon McKenzie, who won a silver medal in the 1963 Pan American games. Councilman Barry Salman, wbo represents the Bronx district where the park is situated, didn't make the run himself but warmly greeted the joggers on their arrival at City Hall. Just before the start of the race, Leo Schwartz, wbo Is 64, looked at a bunch of high school yungsters doing warm up exercises and said: "Well, I may not last all of it. I'll run as far as I can, then take the subway. 3 Girls & Two 10-Year-Olds - But 62-year-old Joe Kleinerman, who is a coach with the Road Runners Club of New York, vowed to make it all the way through for the park "I've been coming to for the last 47 years." There were also three girls from Lehman College to represent women's lib and a couple of 10-year-olds who were playing hooky from school. The kids didnft last too long, however. : ; - The joggers streaked past the 14th St. Bridge and on over to Lenox Ave. and then Fifth Ave. They raft through the heavy Fiftfo Ave. traffic and down Broadway to the ifteps of City HalL By BERT SHANAS Schools Chancellor Irving Anker late yesterday upheld the United Federation of Teachers in its charges that a group of teachers was harassed and denied due process at PS 46 in Harlem. teachers for the four will ba placed in the school, he said. The principal also denied the findings, upheld by Anker, which were made by an investigating committee. The committee held that he let parents use his office to harass teachers and failed to have police clear a path so all the school's teachers could enter during an earlier lockout. Nonbinding Mediation "It just isn't true," said Fein-man, adding that he expected the parents to end the boycott today and go along with due process, since charges would be Drought against the teachers. Meanwhile, tensions eased a bit in Manhattan's District 1 when parents gave up their sit-in vigil at PS 188 in the early-morning hours. The parents, who have been sitting in at the school at 442 E. Houston St. for nearly a week, left the building after a surprise midnight visit by Anker. Anker offered to have a third party provide nonbinding mediation in the dispute over the reassignment of two co-principals and other issues that have divided the school board on the lower East Side. At PS 75 at 984 Fail St., Bronx, another school boycott took place in a dispute over the principal-ship and bilingual education. Retarded Rap Yilson on His 'Phony' Vow By HUGH WYATT Some 75 demonstrators, Including several mentally retarded youngsters, picketed yesterday la front of Gov. Wilson's midtown offices against what they called his "phony promise' to build a playground for retarded children in Greenwich Village. Mrs. Myma Posner, co-chairman of the group, charged that both Wilson and the State Department of Mental Hygiene 'have shown us all that they are insensitive to the needs of the retarded through their failure to act on this matter." - Mrs. Posner, demonstrating at the Governor's office at 1350 Sixth Ave., said that she and others have attempted for more than a year to persuade the state to purchase a lot of 8,173 square feet, with a two-story garage, located next to the Sheridan unit of the Manhattan Developmental Center, at 75 Morton St. Wilson Promised On Sept. 27, Wilson announced that he would ask the Legislature to approve a deficiency appropriation to permit the unit to purchase the property. He said tnen that the playground "will provide important addition to the center's comprehensive program of services for the retarded and other developmentally disabled:" But Mrs. Posner and the other demonstrators said that the request from Wilson would coma only after the election and if he is not elected, the request to tha Legislature would be too lfttl- and too late. Another demonstrator, Assemblyman Antonio Olivieri (D-Man-hattan), asserted that Wilson does not have to wait and ask the legislature for the money, an estimated $200,000, to. purchase the property. There are several sources of surplus funds "which could be used to - purchase -the property immediately," ha said. He also ordered that the four teachers, two of whom are tenured, be returned to the school at Eighth Ave. and 155th St., where a boycott over the issue entered its 11th day yesterday. Originally, five teachers were given unsatisfactory ratings by Principal Morton Feinman on various complaints, ranging from allegedly meting out corporal punishment to Shaving improper licenses, but one of the teachers has agreed to a voluntary transfer. Indicates Displeasure Anker also pointed out in his decision that the teachers who were denied due process and harassed did not receive help and support from the administration of the school, indicating that he was displeased with the way Feinman handled the dispute. The teachers' union maintained throughout the dispute that whether the teachers were guilty or - innocent of the allegations was not the issue. The issue was that due process was violated, in that they were never presented formal charges or given proper hearings, the union said. The teachers have been waiting the situation out for the past 11 days at Community School District 5 headquarters. Denies Findings Late yesterday, United Federation of Teachers President Albert Shanker said he expected "all four teachers to be in the school and teaching their classes" today, adding that the union "expects the central board will provide all necessary security." , However, Feinman said yesterday that he expected fbrmal charges to be brought against the four teachers by today. Until the charges are brought, substitute fin Vn If 'HI "tS lift A iHr' flftf It fcl w9r , vtf ; mj If p gig Q a'lgl lillM ! ii if 8 14 4i II News photo by Paul DeMaria Joggers head over 145th St. Bridge toward City HalL -

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